[gmx-developers] creating a new analysis tool usign template.c and make
G.Groenhof at chem.rug.nl
Thu Nov 13 11:07:20 CET 2003
> I have been trying to create some new analysis tools. At first, I was
> just modifying existing analysis tools in the src/tools/ directory. So
> compiling it was not difficult. I would just "make g_tool.c" in the
> src/tools directory and then "make install". That would create a new
> executable with the modifications. So I never really had to mess around
> with the make files.
> Now, I want to create a new analysis tool from scratch. I want to start
> from the template file provided in template.c
> I did a ./configure in the gmx home directory with
> prefix==/home/senthilk/mytools and exec-prefix==/home/senthilk/mytools.
> (I want the template.c executable to be placed in ~/mytools/bin). Now, I
> go to the $GMX/share/template directory and want to compile (make?) the
> template.c . Typing "make" or "make template" does not seem to do
> anything. The response is "nothign to be done for all". I realize that
> I am supposed to edit the makefiles in the current directory to include
> the template.c files . Template.mak seems to have that. Anyways, I am
> totally confused about this whole "make" business.
> Could somebody please explain the bare minimum steps needed to compile
> template.c and create an executable? What are the steps I need to do and
> what are the files I need to edit? I can probably pick up from there.
You add the template.c to Makefile.am in the tools subdir. Then use
automake or use the ./bootstrap script in the gmx dir to create the
Makefile.in. The automake/autoheader searches for dependencies and so
on of the template.c file to create this Makefile.in. Then use
configure to create the Makefile with the make flags suitable for your
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